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These Individual Gelatin Desserts are super delicious, and a fun food project to make with kids this summer. Filled with strawberry and Berry Blue Jell-O, fresh strawberries and blueberries, and a fluffy marshmallow whipped topping.

This Makes a Great Patriotic Dessert for the 4th of July

Gelatin desserts are perfect for summer, especially the 4th of July when using red and blue gelatin. But you can mix and match any of your favorite flavors all summer long. Lemon and Lime, Orange and Raspberry, or maybe just double up on strawberry!

Our Grandson Helped Make this Dessert with Me

Plus, they make a great dessert when you don’t want to heat your kitchen. Simply boil the water to make the gelatin, and the rest of the steps can be done on the table–away from the stove. This makes them a wonderful food project to do with little children. And they are so refreshing to eat, after a long, hot day. As our youngest grandson says, they’re “DE-licious!”

When I was a girl, I loved making individual Jell-O desserts for my family. Back then, I put them in tall glasses, but I really like the look of using glass Sundae or Milkshake dishes. So fancy! These vintage glasses can easily be found at thrift or antique shops for a few dollars.

 

Fun Summer Desserts to Enjoy

 

Ingredients for Individual Gelatin Desserts

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • strawberry gelatin
  • Berry Blue Jell-O
  • water and ice cubes
  • fresh strawberries
  • fresh blueberries
  • marshmallow cream
  • frozen whipped topping, thawed in refrigerator
  • Reddi-wip topping, for garnish (optional)
  • red, white, and blue sugar sprinkles, for garnish (optional)

 

A Note about Gelatin

When shopping for gelatin, I like to buy Jell-O products when on sale, as they have more flavor selections. But if I’m unable to find sales, I have no problem buying a store or generic brand. Strawberry and orange flavors are easy enough to find. However, when making a red, white, and blue dessert, I have never been able to find blue gelatin other than Berry Blue Jell-O.

 

More Gelatin Recipes Ideas

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Gather the ingredients for this recipe so that you have everything close on the counter or table. For this recipe you’ll need a tea kettle to boil the water, as well as two bowls for mixing the gelatin. A medium-sized scoop is also helpful when filling the dishes.

 

Prepare the Ingredients

Rinse and drain fresh strawberries and blueberries in a colander.

Using a pairing knife, remove the tops from the strawberries and slice into small pieces.

 

Make the Gelatin

Using a tea kettle, boil the water for making the gelatin. While the water heats, go ahead and add the red and blue gelatin mixture into two medium-sized bowls.

Stir to Dissolve Gelatin

Measure boiling water out with a glass measuring cup and pour one cup into each of the bowls. Stir constantly until the gelatin has dissolved.

This is a great step to do with little children. They love to watch the water turn colors and to practice stirring without slopping water everywhere. Practice makes perfect! We did one bowl at a time, but if you have more than one child, go ahead and do both.

Add Ice to the Gelatin for a Fast Set

Once the gelatin has dissolved, add 7 regular-sized ice cubes to each bowl. Continue stirring the gelatin until the ice cubes have melted. Repeat these steps for the second bowl of gelatin.

Using ice cubes instead of cold water helps the gelatin to set faster. 

Add Fresh Fruit to the Gelatin Mixtures

Add the sliced strawberries to the strawberry gelatin, and the blueberries to the blue gelatin. Cover and refrigerate until the gelatin has moderately set, about 1 hour.

For this dessert, the gelatin does not need to completely set, as it will be scooped into dishes. I stirred the gelatin twice as it was setting.

 

Prepare the Whipped Cream

Combine Whipped Topping and Marshmallow Cream

Spoon whipped cream and marshmallow cream into a large bowl.

Whisk to Combine

Mix well with a whisk until combined. I found that a dough whisk worked really well for this step.

We used half of an 8 oz container of whipped cream, and 1/2 of an 7 oz container of marshmallow cream. This made enough for 6 large milkshake dishes. Simply refrigerate the remaining cream to make more desserts later in the week. 

 

Assemble the Dessert Dishes

Assemble the Dessert Cups

Once the gelatin has set enough, it’s time to assemble the dishes. Use a medium 2 oz. disher scoop or 1/4 – 1/3 cup to measure each color, depending on the size of dessert dishes you are using.

We used smaller sundae dishes for the little children, and larger milkshake dishes for the adults. But use what you have an try to eyeball how much you’ll need of each. These measuring amounts are simply suggestions and what worked for us.

Begin with the Blue Gelatin at the Bottom

Begin with the blueberry mixture on the bottom, dishing out about 2 oz into the bottom of the cups. Be sure to center the scoop in the middle of the dish for less mess.

Begin with the Blue Gelatin for the Bottom

Next, add a scoop of the whipped topping mixture.

Add the Strawberry Gelatin to the Top of Each Dish

Last, add the strawberry gelatin mixture to the dish, spreading to the edges of the cup.

Unless you’re extremely careful in dishing the gelatin, it may be necessary to clean up any spills with a paper towel. But if you’re not overly concerned, just let the kids have fun with this and do the best you can to clean up any mess on the dish. 

Filled Gelatin Desserts Ready to Eat

At this point, the dessert is ready to eat. Or you may cover the tops with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. These individual desserts will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Garnish Desserts with Reddi-wip and Sugar Sprinkles

If desired, you may garnish each dessert with a dollop of Redi-Whip, and red, white, and blue sugar sprinkles. This recipe will make 6 larger desserts or 8-10 smaller desserts.

View more Summer Dessert Ideas Here. Browse all of my Dessert Recipes Here. See 4th of July Menu Ideas Here.

 

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Individual Gelatin Desserts

These Individual Gelatin Desserts are super delicious, and a fun food project to make with kids this summer. Filled with strawberry and Berry Blue Jell-O, fresh strawberries and blueberries, and a fluffy marshmallow whipped topping.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Refrigerate and Set 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 34 minutes
Serving Size 8

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Ingredients 

  • 3 oz strawberry gelatin
  • 3 oz Berry Blue Jell-O
  • 2 cups water and ice cubes (1 cup boiling + 7 ice cubes)
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries (diced)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3.5 oz marshmallow cream
  • 4 oz frozen whipped topping (thawed in refrigerator)

Instructions

  • Gather the ingredients for this recipe so that you have everything close by on the counter or table. For this recipe you'll need a tea kettle to boil the water, as well as three bowls for mixing the gelatin and whipped topping. A medium-sized scoop is also helpful when filling the dishes.

Prepare the Ingredients

  • Rinse and drain fresh strawberries and blueberries in a colander.
  • Using a pairing knife, remove the tops from the strawberries and slice into small pieces.

Make the Gelatin

  • Using a tea kettle, boil the water for making the gelatin. While the water heats, go ahead and add the red and blue gelatin mixture into two medium-sized bowls.
  • Measure boiling water out with a glass measuring cup and pour one cup into each of the bowls. Stir constantly until the gelatin has dissolved.
  • Once the gelatin has dissolved, add 7 regular-sized ice cubes to each bowl. Continue stirring the gelatin until the ice cubes have melted.
  • Add the sliced strawberries to the strawberry gelatin, and the blueberries to the blue gelatin. Cover and refrigerate until the gelatin has moderately set, about 1 hour.

Prepare the Whipped Cream

  • Spoon whipped cream and marshmallow cream into a large bowl. Mix well with a whisk until combined.
  • (We used half of an 8 oz container of whipped cream, and 1/2 of an 7 oz container of marshmallow cream. This made enough for 6 large milkshake dishes. Simply refrigerate the remaining cream to make more desserts later in the week.)

Assemble the Dessert Dishes

  • Once the gelatin has set enough, it's time to assemble the dishes. Use a medium 2 oz. disher scoop or 1/4 - 1/3 cup to measure each color, depending on the size of dessert dishes you are using.
  • (We used smaller sundae dishes for the little children, and larger milkshake dishes for the adults. These measurements are simply suggestions and what worked for us.)
  • Start with the blueberry mixture on the bottom, dishing out about 2 oz into the bottom of the cups. Be sure to center the scoop in the middle of the dish for less mess.
  • Next, add a scoop of the whipped topping mixture.
  • Last, add the strawberry gelatin mixture to the dish, spreading to the edges of the cup.
  • At this point, the dessert is ready to eat. Or you may cover the tops with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to eat. These individual desserts will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • This recipe will make 6 larger desserts or 8-10 smaller desserts.

Notes

*This is a great recipe to do with little children. They love to watch the water turn colors and to practice stirring without slopping water everywhere. Practice makes perfect! 
**Unless you're extremely careful in dishing the gelatin, it may be necessary to clean up any spills with a paper towel. But if you're not overly concerned, just let the kids have fun with this and do the best you can to clean up any mess on the dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0.3mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.2mg

 

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